Big sisters
are the crab grass
in the lawn of life.

Charles M. Schulz
March 2014 VOLUME 31 NUMBER 3



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BOSTON TOWNSHIP

CUYAHOGA FALLS JEDD: On March 7, 2014 the trustees along with Marty Griffith met with Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters, Economic Development Director Diane Sheridan, Service Director Eric Czetli, and other members of the Cuyahoga Falls administration to discuss the JEDD with Cuyahoga Falls, development of the Seasons Road area, and other areas of mutual concern. A JEDD board meeting is scheduled for March 19, 2014.

BEST WISHES to Michael Goodrich, member of Valley Fire. Mike has accepted a position with Pike Township’s Fire Department in Indiana.

GET WELL WISHES to Peninsula Policeman Dave Allaman.

ZONING: Michael Delahanty was appointed as an alternate to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

GRANT: The township may receive $624.89 from ReTrac. This money will be used for the township’s leaf collection program.

WEBSITE: Visit our website at www.bostontownship.org to find up-to-date Township information.

Contact numbers for the trustees: Amy Anderson: 330-657-2439, Randy Bergdorf: 330-655-5698, and Jerry Ritch: 330-657-2015, Fiscal Officer Joanne Noragon: 330-657-2059, Road Department Tim Tesmer and Doug Mayer: 330-657-2600, and Zoning inspector, Larry Sulzer: 330-657-2135.





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PENINSULA VILLAGE

The Peninsula Village Council met in regular session on March 10, 2014. Council passed a resolution to participate with the Emergency Management with Summit County. They also passed a resolution approving a road agreement with Summit County. This will allow the Village to access license funds to do some road work within the Village in the near future. The Mayor reported that there was nothing new to discuss as far as the wastewater initiative is concerned. The Village is still waiting on the Engineering study being conducted and funded by Summit County before any other steps can be taken. The Council established a pay rate for the newly created positions of auxiliary police officers. Council also formed a Committee to review pay scales and staffing levels for the Police Department. A meeting date for this Committee has not yet been established. They also approved the 2014 permanent operating budget for the Village. The Mayor cited the need to paint the inside of the Village Hall this year. If anyone is interested in providing a proposal to do this work, contact the Service Department at 330-657-2089.

Upcoming Town Hall meetings:
Board of Zoning Appeals: Thursday April 10 at 7 00pm
Council Meeting: Monday April 14 at7:00pm
Planning Commission: Monday April 21 at 7:00pm

Non-emergency Police and Fire Department: 330-657-2911
Mayor’s Office: 330-657-2151
Fiscal Office/Zoning: 330-657-2714
Service (Road) Department: 330-657-2085
Check the Library, Post Office, Village Hall, Terry Lumber, and the Fire Station for postings.

“Like” us on Facebook just search Facebook for the Village of Peninsula, OH.

John D. Steigel, Fiscal Officer





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STATE ROUTE 8 ….. AN INTERSTATE HIGHWAY?

At their most recent meeting the Boston Township Trustees hosted Jason Segedy, Director of the Greater Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS).

AMATS is the principal transportation planning agency in our area, and they recently made headlines "Agency Proposes Route 8's rebirth as I-380". The "I Road" designation is recognized by everyone.

Should State Route 8 become I-380, it will be an enormous shot in the arm for the development of our Akron Cleveland Road Corridor, and the tax base of our Township.

AMATS can also be instrumental in helping our township generate local traffic improvements, such as the Akron Cleveland Road Wyoga Lake intersection which was discussed.

There has been little fanfare, but our trustees efforts continue to meet with success in generating the new development which could produce jobs and reduce our tax rate increases.

Take a look at the AMATS web site www.amatsplanning.org. For traffic information look at "traffic count data", then use the interactive zoom to click on the blue dot where you have interest.

Marty Griffith





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PAYING A FAIR SHARE

On March 4, 2014 Valley Fire District along with mutual aid support from Richfield and Hudson Fire Departments responded to a fire at 6560 Akron-Peninsula Road also know at the Spicy Lamb Farm. This farm is one of the leased back farms from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This farm consisting of almost forty acres pays no property taxes in Summit County. Below is a listing of what should be paid if the property, with an estimated market value of $475,900.00, were paying taxes:
Summit County: $2,114.94
Boston Township: $79.95
Woodridge School District: $7,815.00
Village of Peninsula: $968.81
Metro Parks: $243.18
Akron/Summit County Library: $351.45
Valley Fire: $1,305.24
Union Cemetery: $166.57
Total annual taxes: $13,045.15

Almost immediately a plea went on Facebook seeking help to rebuild the buildings that were lost. According to lease agreements with the CVNP insurance on all buildings must be kept current. As an example when Valley Fire entered into a lease agreement with the CVNP for their current location on Dogwood Lane we had to maintain coverage for the leased building, the Benedict house. I am told that we have never been asked to document our coverage by the CVNP, however; it was stipulated in the lease and we followed the rules.

Chief Riedel provided the following documentation as to what this fire cost our community:
Valley Fire District:
18 personnel 5 hours at $12.00 per hr. $1080.00
1 fire engine 5 hours at $200 per hr$1000.00
2 tankers 5 hours at $200 per hr $2000.00
Total: $4080.00
Richfield:
6 Firefighters $135.00 times 5 hrs $675.00
1 Tanker 5 hours at $200.00 $1,000.00
$1,675.00 Total
Hudson:
8 Firefighters $135.00 times 5 hrs $675.00
1 Tanker 5 hours at $200.00 $1,000.00
$1675.00 Total
Grand total:$7,430.00

As a Boston Township Trustee and the township’s representative on Valley Fire District I am painfully aware of how much in property taxes our land owners are paying and how much we have to pay to support those not paying property taxes. Fire and police personnel are grossly underpaid. As you can see from the above figures our department is paid $12.00 per hour. When equipment needs to be replaced we must save years to buy a new tanker or engine. I can’t ask our tax payers, who are paying more than their fair share, to pay more.

We are required, by Ohio law, to provide services to CVNP properties. Our police must respond when mutual aid is requested and our fire department has to respond when needed. The difference is CVNP properties do not pay to utilize these services.

As I read over the list of donors contributing to the rebuilding of the Spicy Lamb I was saddened to recognize a few of the names of local people as well as JoAnn Fabrics. I will not support any business or person who has contributed to this effort.

It is time these properties at least paid for their share of local taxes.

Amy Anderson





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THE CAMPAIGN BEGUN

It is not about politics. It is about a season that is both earthly and spiritual. It began the first week of March and can be a time of rebirth and new life. It is much more than the hope of spring after the darkness of winter. It is named Lent. A time for everyone to let go of all kinds of preconceived notions, attitudes, unhealthy habits, self-centered ways in order to appreciate how we are wired. It is a time for listening to the story that is for all ages. It is time to encounter anew or for the first time the one solitary life where all will find eternal life. The way is to fast. Let go of all that is not necessary and that will mean something more for those in need. As less time is taken with electronics, media, one’s own agenda, there is time for others (at home and far away). As we take less food for ourselves, others might begin to have enough. The way is to pray. To open our hearts to the One in whom all hearts will find rest. To speak to the One who is always attentive and to be attentive to the One who is The Way, The Truth, and The Life. Lent is a time to join others in prayer as they journey these Forty Days. With fasting and praying as the means of letting go, letting the One, whose love is unconditional and all embracing into our lives will help bring us to a new springtime, a Lent that is not about giving up but finding what the One who made us has always planned for all humankind. The campaign has begun. It is not too late. It is realizing the time already is and it is not to late to fast, pray, and share. It is not too late for letting go to find the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (www.motherofsorrowspeninsula.org for schedule of Lenten Services and more) Fr. John Terzano, Mother of Sorrows Parish

Fr. John Terzano,
Mother of Sorrows





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PENINSULA FOUNDATION

The Building Doctor Clinic returns Thursday, May 1st to Peninsula. The seminar will be at 7:00pm at the G.A.R. Hall. The Building Doctor Clinic is free to the public but advanced reservations are required. Reservations can be made online at www.building-doctor.org or by calling 1-800-499-2470. This event is sponsored locally by the Peninsula Foundation and Terry Lumber & Supply Co.

Our Civil War Lecture Series returns for its 4th season! Join us at the G.A.R. Hall every 4th Thursday of the month. The next presentation is Thursday, April 24th at 7:00pm. Local lad William Rybka will present Children of the Civil War. Following the lecture will be a concert of Civil War camp songs by The Black River Boys. Admission is free!

In addition to Voices in the Valley at the G.A.R. Hall every Friday, the Foundation is sponsoring Small Hall Concerts as well! Upcoming concerts include:

3/29: Travis Caudle & Chris Allen—8:00pm. $10 pre-sale, $12 day of show
4/12: The Angie Haze Project / Austin Craig—8:00pm. $8 pre-sale, $10 day of show
4/17: Mandolin Orange—8:00pm. $12 pre-sale, $15 day of show
4/26: Hal Walker—8:00pm. $8.00
5/15: The Bombadils—7:00pm. $8 pre-sale, $10 day of show
5/17: Martha’s Mistake / Up Till 4—8:00pm. $5 donation

Show times for the Saturday shows are 8-10:30pm. Please continue to check www.peninsulahistory.org for further updates.





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VALLEY FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION INVITES YOU TO OUR ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST



PANCAKE BREAKFAST





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CONDOLENCES

Norma Rae Dickinson passed away February 17, 2014. She is survived by her husband Jimmy Dickinson and daughter Betsy Durst, mother, Donna Wise, and brothers Mark (JoAnne), and Jeff. She was preceded in death by her father Bob and brother Kevin.





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TOTAL BODY FITNESS

When you can see a leg raise that you thought would never leave the floor. When you can see a smile of achievement from lower numbers on the scale, inches disappearing, high cholesterol, blood pressure changes, there is a warm feeling that we share knowing that we are giving you a "Better You. Exercise is so important. It gives you that life style that make changes in your existence for a better healthier you. Natalie and Carlean are committed to making you feel and look great. You (our clients keep the smiles on our faces.) If you want to know why we feel so special and want to share it with you, call us. Let us show you why our clients enjoy sharing their life with us. Yes, we have male members too. Carlean 216-470-4309 Natalie 330-730-3355 or 657-2963. Total Body Fitness is located at 6138 Riverview Rd. in the tall grey building on the 3rd floor. Classes are Monday - Thursday from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. One on One Personal Training also available. Happy Spring!





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SIXTH ANNUAL CABIN FEVER RELIEVER EXHIBIT

Log Cabin Gallery from March 20th to 30th on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm. Monday-Wednesday by appointment.





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GET WELL WISHES

Peninsula police officer Dave Allaman is recovering from surgery please keep Dave the following friends in your prayers: Mike Philips, Dean Johnson, Edna Ratner, Ellen Jansen, Glenda Grezlik, Dave Morehouse, Junior Riggins, Ed Pullekins, Carla Scheall, Claire Rodhe, Anne Meinke, Barb McCune, Pastor Derek Kubilus, Joyce Jeric, Buddy Milhoan, Bonnie Sulzer, Gloria Ritch, and Dave Mayer.





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WANT ADS AND SERVICES

FOR SALE: 60 Matchbox, Matell etc. die cast metal airplanes $50.00. 3 Marilyn Monroe postcards. $5.00 each. Old Storybook titled Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffman $10.00. Old set of dominos $10.00. Mad magazine board game $10.00. Winnie the Pooh print of original watercolor painting by E.H. Shepard for the Walt Disney Company $50.00 obo. Prints of original paintings by D. Getz must see to appreciate will sacrifice. Wardrobe, free standing clothes closet. 3’ wide, 2’ deep, 65” high $30.00. Yard windmill, metal 7 ½ feet tall $50.00 Call 330-650-5503.

WANTED: Junior and Teen Golf Academy: Youth golfers ages 7-16 looking to improve their golf skills, make new friends, and have fun! Six week program beginning in June. Contact Brandywine Country Club 330-657-2525 or golfbrandywine.com for more information.

ANTIQUE DOLL REPAIR: Local lady has been repairing antique dolls since 1992.Free written estimate. Bill never exceeds estimate. By Appointment: (330)907-5488 TheOhioDollCenter@gmail.com

NEED HELP WITH YARD WORK?: Jonah and Jordan Wessel, experienced brother and sister team, trained by Mom, can help with spring garden chores. 330-657-2797

LICKITY-SPLIT: Firewood, tree cutting and wood splitting. Call Scott Ensign at 330-657-2462.

ALEXANDER WATER: 330-923-0014.

CARPET/UPHOLSTERY CLEANING: Organic carpet, area rug and upholstery cleaning. Unique system. "Don't steam your carpets, clean your carpets." 20% off all services. Visit our website at www.clevelandcleanpro.com or call 330-657-2113.

KAMPER CITY RV CENTER in Boston Township is an authorized Boy Scout supplier. We offer an huge assortment of outdoor fire rings, and carry over a dozen golf carts for sale, not to mention we have a huge selection of New and Pre-Owned travel trailers, fifth wheels, pop ups, and toy haulers, that will fit everyone’s own personal budgets. We are located at 5549 Akron Cleveland Road Peninsula Ohio our phone number is 330-650-1491 and visit our website at www.kampercity.com we are also a propane refill center and have thousands of parts for camping and RV repair. We can fix any RV system and do odd jobs like bearings and hitch installation.

CUSTOM PICTURE FRAMING: Fine Art Services - Assisting artists, designers, corporate & residential clients in the selection, display and proper framing of Art. Offering award-winning custom picture framing since 1992, with framing consultations at your site, delivery and

HANDYMAN: NEED A HAND? CALL THE HANDYMAN! Bath resident, Joshua Kastelic. 15+ years experience. Honest, Quality, On-Time. 330-840-4351 thehandyman_can@rocketmail.com

MOBILE WELDING: Ornamental iron, tractor and machine repair, cast iron/aluminum and stainless steel. Don’t throw that old stuff away, we can repair almost anything. Senior discount. Call Rik-Tig at 440-552-5088.

PET SITTING IN YOUR HOME: For all your pet sitting needs, contact Precious Pets Sitting Service at 330-528-0158. Providing visits, midday walks and overnight service since 1997. Rates start $15/day, fully insured, Veterinary Technician.

AMAZING 13-YEAR-OLD READY TO WORK FOR YOU! Possible tasks could include, babysitting or elder care/companion, dog walker/sitter, face painting for birthday parties, small household chores and, small cake pop orders personalized for any occasion. Red Cross babysitter certified. Please call Reilly or Holly at 330-459-2366

THE PIEROGI LADY AKA AUTUMN JOHNSTON: Find ME on Facebook or email me at thepierogilady@gmail.com for a list of over 35 types of pierogis! Introducing bite size pierogis! Don't forget we cater! 330-690-2129

GREEN CLEANING, DOG WALKING, AND MUCH MORE: Local company seeking new clients. We offer Personal Service, Green Cleaning, Pet Services, and a lot more. Call Neal @330.606.9498 or to learn more visit www.contemporarylivingservices.com

LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER: kelleyweitzelphotography … www.kelleyweitzelphotography.com and kelleyweitzel@aol.com For all photography needs: newborns, graduates, weddings etc. Resident discount.

KEVIN STONE PHOTOGRAPHY: Offering quality services for families, couples, seniors and other events. Call 330687-4262 WWW.KWSTPHOTO.CO.NT

LICENSED ELECTRICIAN: Peninsula Resident offers high quality electrical work with a discount to Peninsula residents. Call Steve at 330-310-1061 www.missionelectricohio.com

PLYMOUTH MEMORIAL: Cemetery markers and monuments. Located at 5095 Akron-Cleveland Road. Call 330-650-1545.

Q-BALL WELDING & SONS: We will take care of all your fabrications and welding needs. Jeff Plymire 330-618-4255.

BIG FRANK’S STUMP GRINDING SERVICE: Prompt service, free onsite estimates, seven days a week. Portable unit fits through a 36” opening. Call Frank Grezlik at 330-281-1280.

CHAIR REPAIR: including cane, rush and splint seat weaving. 35 years’ experience. Call David Shankland at 330-467-6772.

LEGAL SERVICES: Local resident, Heather R. Johnston, is available to provide legal services. Call 330-657-2029.

CUSTOM RESTORATION: Custom wood trim, plaster and drywall repair, sash, door and hardware, century home restoration. Call Dan Torowski at 330-659-0055

OUTDOOR STORAGE AND PARKING: Affordable, secure, and convenient for boats, recreational vehicles and automobiles now available at the Virginia Motel. Call today 330-342-0864.

WESTERN RESERVE RENOVATIONS: Home repairs, improvements and renovations. Peninsula local, insured and bonded. Call for free quote. Jason Klein 330-221-3461.

SILHOUETTES: Children’s silhouettes from your photos or mine $15.00. Black paper cut on white background that fits an 8x10 frame. Samples available. Call Lois Unger at 657-2385.